The Photo Annual 2016: 10 Incredible Climbing Photos

Find inspiration from the best climbing photography from around the world.
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F3.2, 1/500 sec.

F3.2, 1/500 sec.

Emily Harrington gives her project, the 45-meter Mal De Isla (5.14a/8b+), a burn in Chulilla, Spain. Photo: Jon Glassberg of Louder Than Eleven @JonGlassberg

F/2.8, 1/125 sec.

F/2.8, 1/125 sec.

Rachel Stewart works the Wasp Roof project, one of many new boulders hidden away in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Photo: François Lebeau @francoislebeau

F3.5, 1/800 sec.

F3.5, 1/800 sec.

Katha Saurwein gets high on The Eagle’s Nest (V8) in the Grampians of Australia. Starting off a ledge in the middle of a cliff, this problem provides a sense of exposure for both the climber and the spotter. Photo: Jon Glassberg of Louder than Eleven @JonGlassberg

F/8, 1/500 sec.

F/8, 1/500 sec.

Magnus Midtbø scouts the crux moves 15 meters above the sea on Es Pontàs, a natural arch near Mallorca, Spain. First climbed by Chris Sharma in 2006, the difficult deep water solo route has yet to see a second ascent. Photo: Jan Vincent Kleine @JanVincentKleine

F/9, 1/250 sec.

F/9, 1/250 sec.

Eric Bissell busts through the cross on Steelfingers (V8) at the Gunks in Tuolumne Meadows, California. The bouldering area’s horizontal cracks are reminiscent of the namesake trad destination in New York. Photo: Ryan Alonzo @Ryan.Alonzo

F/18, 1/200 sec.

F/18, 1/200 sec.

Lonnie Kauk enjoys the serenity of the massive boulders high above the valley floor, nestled in the hills of Tuolumne Meadows, California. Photo: Christian Pondella @ChristianPondella

F/2.8, 1/400 sec.

F/2.8, 1/400 sec.

Margo Hayes sends Scarface (5.14a) at Smith Rock, Oregon, one of the first 5.14 routes in the U.S. In 2015, Hayes won SCS Youth Nationals and took second at SCS Nationals. Photo: Tara Kerzhner @TaraKerzhner

F/2.8, 1/400 sec.

F/2.8, 1/400 sec.

Jakob Schubert claims the third ascent of the nearly 200-foot Thor’s Hammer (5.15a/9a+) in Flatanger, Norway. Photo: Elias Holznecht @eliasholzknecht

F/4, 1/500 sec.

F/4, 1/500 sec.

Magnus Midtbø cruises up a new unnamed route (suggested 5.12b/7b) that was established by Bruno Clement in a secluded and secret alpine basin high above the Verdon Gorge in the south of France. Photo: Jan Vincent Kleine @JanVincentKleine

F/2.8, 1/1000 sec.

F/2.8, 1/1000 sec.

Jvan Tresch takes a shot at the Banana Republic project, which climbs a limestone arch high above the valley at Bocki in Uri, Switzerland. Photo: Stefan Kürzi @StefanKuerzi